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“Exposed” to COVID

When do you need to take action?

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By now employers are familiar with what to do if an employee reports that they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for the disease. However, do employers need to take action even if the employee has merely been “exposed” to COVID-19? The answer is yes, and this article covers what qualifies as an “exposure” and what you must do.

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The courts, over the past few years, have substantially refined the concept of unconscionability as it relates to employer-employee arbitration agreements. That’s great for employers presenting new employees with arbitration agreements, because both parties can feel more confident of the agreements’ legality. But it has created problems for employers with longer-term employees, whose arbitration agreements include provisions that the courts have now determined to be unconscionable—in some cases invalidating the agreement altogether. What is an employer in this situation to do?

Employment cases affecting businesses

2020 — looking back and moving forward, Part 6

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Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, California courts have continued to issue important decisions affecting the rights and duties of all businesses in California. Below are summaries of some of the most important cases that are likely to affect how businesses should operate throughout the state.

2020 cases affecting dealerships in 2021

2020 — looking back and moving forward, Part 5

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Despite the COVID-19 crisis, California courts continued to issue important decisions that affect dealerships in California. Below is a summary of some of the most important cases that are likely to have precedential value in the future.

What businesses need to know for COVID-19 compliance in 2021

2020 — looking back and moving forward, Part 4

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The federal government, State of California and local jurisdictions have all adopted and modified laws relating to COVID-19 in the last several months to respond to the spike in COVID-19 cases. This article reviews these recent laws to provide dealers in California with a complete picture of how to comply with COVID-19 in 2021.

Employment laws affecting businesses

2020 — looking back and moving forward, Part 3

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2020 was a relatively quiet year for California employment law. However, the legislature adopted important changes to California independent contractor law and expanded the reach of the various leave laws. All businesses should evaluate their employee policies and make appropriate changes.

Laws and propositions affecting all businesses

2020 — looking back and moving forward, Part 2

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Due to the pandemic, the California legislature paired down the laws it adopted in 2020. It nonetheless adopted key laws that may have a wide ranging effect on businesses in California. In addition, 2020 was an election year, and the voters of California chose to expand the reach of the California Consumer Privacy Act.

Laws and regulations affecting dealerships

2020 — looking back and moving forward, Part 1

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Due to the pandemic, the California legislature paired down the laws it adopted in 2020. Nonetheless, all dealers should be aware of the following changes to laws and regulations, and adopt appropriate changes as necessary.

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Data Privacy Day is January 28, 2021 and is an international effort to empower people to protect their personal data and privacy, particularly online. According to Cybint, a global cyber security educator, 95 percent of cybersecurity breaches are caused by human error. The practices that help protect individuals’ security online will also help protect businesses, so on this day let’s review the most powerful and simple steps everyone can take to secure their own data and that of their customers who entrust them with it.

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The Governor’s Office announced this morning that the Regional Stay At Home orders are now lifted in all regions across the state. This means that retailers should return to operating under the Governor’s Blueprint for a Safer economy that currently allows up to 25 percent capacity in stores in most counties.

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